Cellular Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy

As a leader in cutting-edge orthopedic treatments, Paul Eliot Hughes, MD, is experienced in innovative regenerative medicine (BMAC) (MFAT) and (PRP) therapies. At his San Mateo, California, orthopedic practice, Dr. Hughes offers cellular therapy as an alternative to surgery when you need relief from chronic joint or tissue pain. He can recommend regenerative medicine as an effective treatment for sports-related injuries, degenerative disease damage, or to slow down the progress of age-related conditions that cause pain and limited mobility. Find out if regenerative medicine is right for you by calling the office or requesting an appointment.


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What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cells have a special ability to repair or replace other cells and tissues in your body that become damaged by disease or traumatic injury. These cells develop into other specific cells, including:


  • Bone
  • Muscle
  • Tendon
  • Cartilage


By using this innovative therapy, Dr. Hughes can help alleviate your chronic pain and increase your mobility in the injured area without the need for surgery.

Where do stem cells come from?

One of the benefits of stem cell therapy is that, in many cases, Dr. Hughes can extract these important cells directly from your own body. Typically, he can harvest stem cells from your excess body fat or your bone marrow. Marrow is preferred because it has the highest concentration of cells available.

How does stem cell therapy work?

Once Dr. Hughes extracts the needed stem cells, he uses specialized techniques to separate the cells from the rest of the substances in the marrow, fat, or membrane. This creates a high concentration of cells ready for injection into the treatment area.


Dr. Hughes numbs the area of injection to ensure your treatment is pain-free and comfortable. After the injections, you can go home to rest for a day or two before returning to your usual activities.


Over the course of several weeks, stem cells begin to develop into new, healthy tissue to repair or replace the damaged tissue. As stem cells continue to develop, you should experience a significant reduction in painful joints and muscles and begin healing from injuries to your tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.

Am I a good candidate for stem cell therapy?

Depending on the nature of your injury or disease, Dr. Hughes could recommend stem cell therapy or other regenerative medicine technique to alleviate pain and enhance mobility.


To ensure you’re a good candidate for this type of treatment, Dr. Hughes evaluates your overall health and medical history. He also discusses your goals in treatment and expectations of pain relief.